Make sure to read Heisman Watch: Week 6 before reading this. Believe it or not we have made it halfway through the college football season so at the end of this article I will give my thoughts on how the Heisman race looks like mid way through the season. This was a pretty big week for some Heisman hopefuls as some made an even stronger case for the award while others didn’t perform their best on the big stage. So with that being said, let’s see how the nations top players played this weekend.
Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
Jalen has officially done it, he has finally proved me wrong. I’ve said since he transferred to OU that at Bama he was really nothing special and just got carried by all the other talent around him so I said he would really be exposed at Oklahoma asto how bad he really is, but it seems as that is not the case. In his first real test against a good team Hurts recorded 235 yards and 3 touchdowns in the air, 131 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground, 1 interception and 1 fumble.
Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas
In Texas’ second loss to the #6 ranked team Ehlinger really didn’t perform great. The Longhorns shouldn’t have been but were in this game for a while and Sam couldn’t find a way to get it done. In the loss Ehlinger recorded 205 passing yards, -9 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. Sam will really need to be better to get back in this Heisman race because as of now he is falling down the ranks.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Tua picks up right where he left off 2 weeks ago vs Ole Miss. In this week’s game vs #24 Texas A&M Tua recorded 293 passing yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Tua keeps having big game after big game but the real question is will he be able to play like this when Alabama plays teams like LSU and Auburn later in the year.
Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
This kid can really play and he can still play to his full potential against the top defenses in the nation. In the 42-28 win over #7 Florida saturday night Burrow had 293 passing yards and 3 touchdowns on 21/24 passing attempts. Burrow is going to continue to put up big numbers like this while also racking up wins for the Bayou Tigers.
Johnathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
This game would be considered a down game for a player like Taylor itching to win the Heisman this year. In the Badgers 38-0 win over #25 Michigan State Taylor only had 80 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground with 26 rushing attempts. Although this is a pretty solid game for the average player, a player looking to win the Heisman will need bigger games than this at this point in the season.
We are halfway through the season so this is how I believe the Heisman race looks like right about now. In my opinion the race has already been narrowed down the the 5 names on this list right now and then 2 other names of players whose teams were on a bye this week. So without further ado here are my Heisman rankings halfway through the year.
7 – Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas
6 – Chubba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
5 – Johnathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
4 – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
3 – Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
2 – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
1 – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
By Andrew Kalb